UK Professor’s Passion for Nutrition
University of Kentucky’s Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition professor Alison Gustafson has a lab unlike most in her field. Gustafson uses grocery store aisles as a way of studying nutrition.
One of Gustafson’s insights relates to the cultural aspect of nutrition, attributing her “aha” moment to working with minority women in rural populations. She notes that it is important to consider cultural aspects, including access to food and affordability, when telling people what to eat.
Aside from her work at the University of Kentucky, Gustafson has also spent time in Washington, D.C. working on nutrition policy, in Zimbabwe helping AIDS orphans and HIV-positive mothers, and in Illinois researching weight loss among breast cancer survivors with a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Read more on Alison Gustafson’s work here!